Institute for Industrial Decarbonisation

The UNSW Institute for Industrial Decarbonisation works with industry and government partners to drive whole-of-system approaches to reducing society’s dependence on fossil resources. It brings together more than 30 specialist centres and hundreds of experts across all faculties of the university.

Welcome to the UNSW Institute for Industrial Decarbonisation (IID)

About us

Our aim is that our research teams, industry partners, alumni and future graduates, will play a pivotal global role in decarbonising industrial materials and processes, enabling the transition to a low carbon economy.

  • Transition pathways for hard-to-decarbonise sectors including infrastructure, built environment, transport, industrial chemicals, and resources 

  • Clean technology for critical industrial materials such as ammonia, plastics, metals, and cement 

  • Integrated design solutions for buildings, cities and infrastructure, deploying low carbon materials and addressing energy efficiency, climate resilience and community health objectives 

  • Policy, codes and standards to enable accelerated adoption of new technologies 

  • Insights, modelling and analytics, including macro economic perspectives, systems simulation, Scope 3 carbon accounting, novel applications of AI 

  • Green industry development strategy, engaging with government, industry  and research stakeholders (national and international) regarding clean tech investment strategy and trade alliances

  • Community of practice, Forming transdisciplinary teams across UNSW faculties and disciplines

  • Workforce development via input to UNSW undergraduate, HDR and WILcurriculum design

Industry partnerships

If you have a specific technical challenge you would like to explore, or are interested in discussing your company's decarbonisation strategy and transition, please get in touch.

The benefits of working with UNSW include:
  • Multidisciplinary expertise at a leading global research institution.  
  • Access to world-class technologies and infrastructure.  
  • Dedicated industry-facing and government-facing organisational units. 
  • Highly effective partnership models including research strategy advice and support.
  • Collaborative research leveraging third party and government funding.  
  • Access to our national and global research partners.  
  • Access to students through professional development programs, projects, and our industry placement program.  
  • Opportunities to lead or participate in high impact demonstration projects.

Our centres and facilities

Future leaders and the skills pipeline

A sustainable future for all is a priority at UNSW. Through our undergraduate degrees and postgraduate programs, to executive level short courses and briefings offered by the Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM) and Australian Graduate School of Engineering (AGSE), we are helping to provide the skills needed to achieve decarbonisation at an industrial scale.

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The IID works with and builds on existing national and international networks in the climate and sustainable development field. UNSW Chairs the International Universities Climate Alliance, leads the NSW government’s Decarbonisation Hub and is engaged with the UN in relation to sustainability and resilience initiatives throughout the Indo-Pacific. Regarding regional engagement, the IID works in tandem with the Office of the Vice Chancellor and other key UNSW groups including The Institute for Global DevelopmentThe Climate Risk & Response InstituteThe Cities Institute, The Energy InstituteThe Global Water Institute and the Australian Defence Force Academy.

UNSW IID is proud to work with:


David Eyre, Chief Executive Officer

For general enquiries, please call the Faculty of Engineering reception on (+61 2) 9385 5000.